Fight to stop schools becoming academies

This Is Lancashire: Paul Gaughan at the anti-academy meeting Paul Gaughan at the anti-academy meeting

BATTLE plans against the government's controversial academy programme were drawn up this evening at a public meeting of the Bolton Anti-Academy Alliance.

The alliance is made up of the Bolton branch of the National Union of Teachers, Bolton Association of the NASUWT – National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers – and Bolton Unison.

They are urging parents and governors to join them to stop businesses and outside organisations from getting a foothold into schools.

Academy schools are publicly funded independent schools.

Schools which are not performing well risk being taken over by businesses or outside organisations and are moved out of local authority control.

The government claims this raises standards.

Tonight's meeting was held at Westhoughton Community Centre and was attended by 20 union representatives.

Julia Simpkins, secretary of Bolton branch of the NUT, said: “Education is at the heart of local education authority schools, academies have money at the heart of everything they do.”

Unions agreed to take their campaign into the community to explain to local people their fears about academy schools.

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10:20am Tue 28 Jan 14

thomas222 says...

The reason education is in a mess just like the NHS is because of various Governments keep changing the goal posts for their political gains. There is never any stability.
The reason education is in a mess just like the NHS is because of various Governments keep changing the goal posts for their political gains. There is never any stability. thomas222

5:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

steveG says...

Teachers moan constantly about Government interference.I would have thought any move to take control,albeit how little, away from local authority or institutional control and give more power to parents would be welcomed.

Are teachers more worried about the threat to their wages than the benefits which may be gained in improved education for youngsters?.
Teachers moan constantly about Government interference.I would have thought any move to take control,albeit how little, away from local authority or institutional control and give more power to parents would be welcomed. Are teachers more worried about the threat to their wages than the benefits which may be gained in improved education for youngsters?. steveG

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